Archive | November 2010

what’s missing #10

**Who’s missing, and from what film?**

best films: #19: THE GODFATHER, PART II (1974)

Cornering the market (at least at the time) on stellar sequels, The Godfather, Part II doesn’t quite outdo its predecessor, but it comes awfully close.  Perhaps its one detractor is the absence of the iconic Don Vito Corleone (played brilliantly, of course, by Marlon Brando in the original).  But with son Michael (Al Pacino) front and center, the now semi-lost Pacino (what has happened to his career?!) shows the reason he was dubbed one of the tops of his generation.  Continuing the saga of that lovable mafia family we grew to cherish in the 1972 original, Part II tells us two stories – one of Pacino’s Michael dealing with family drama (Connie’s got an abusive fiance who’s kind of a tattletale, to say the least, and Fredo, well… you know all about that, right?) and the other of Vito’s beginning as a mafia man (this time played by Oscar-winner for the role, Robert de Niro).  Thanks to some expert storytelling by director Francis Ford Coppola and author/screenwriter Mario Puzo, this sequel is a must-see.  Pacino is in top form (probably his best moments of the trilogy are in this film), and Diane Keaton, as Kay Corleone, gets a real chance to show her prowess (I need not mention her memorable freak-out moment do I?).  Perhaps the real star of the show, though, is John Cazale.  As the troubled, sniveling Fredo Corleone, Cazale is both sympathetically pathetic and disturbing in his priorities.  And that kissing scene is top-notch, obviously.  He, in fact, broke all of our hearts.

best of 2010: the move score guidebook, vol. 3

The wrapping up continues for the scores of 2010 (see Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 for more score goodness), my way of congregating all the eligible music for this year’s Oscar category for YOUR perusal! Please enjoy the next 15, and place your thoughts on the category’s race (and your thoughts on the first two volume’s worth of movie music) in the comments section.

The Ghost Writer
Score by Alexandre Desplat

I Love You Phillip Morris
Score by Nick Urata

A Prophet
Score by Alexandre Desplat

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Score by Jacob Groth

The Town
Score by Harry Gregson-Williams and David Buckley

The City of Your Final Destination
Score by Jorge Drexler

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Score by David Hirschfelder

The Social Network
Score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Never Let Me Go
Score by Rachel Portman

Let Me In
Score by Michael Giacchino

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Score by Gabriel Yared

Mother and Child
Score by Edward Shearmur

Score by Ilan Eshkeri

Nowhere Boy
Score by Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory

Tamara Drewe
Score by Alexandre Desplat

Check back soon for additional musical loveliness with Vol. 4!

ladies of SNL, ranked

Whether you’re a fan or not of these past couple seasons of Saturday Night Live, you’ll at least have to relent when it comes to the turn-of-the-century (and a bit of the late ’90s) cast’s efforts when it came to the females. Making it cool to be a woman on SNL for a new generation (and becoming the MVPs over virtually every male co-star), these six ladies have had varying success outside the world of the late-night sketch comedy.

Rachel Dratch
**SNL fame: +3
**Awards cache: N/A
**Failed comedies: Dickie Roberts (-1), Click (+1), I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (+1), My Life in Ruins (-1), I Hate Valentine’s Day (-1)
**Indie cred: Winter Passing (-1), Looking for Kitty (-1),
Freshman Orientation (-1)
**Cult/fanboy hits: Down with Love (+1)
**Laughable dramas: N/A
**Box office biggies: Click (+1.4),
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (+1.2)
**Later TV Work: Third Watch (+.5), Monk (+.5), Frasier (+.5), The King of Queens (+.5), Aqua Teen Hunger Force (+.5), Wizards of Waverly Place (+.5), Ugly Betty (+.5), Sherri (+.5), 30 Rock (+.5)
**Behind the camera: N/A
notes: Spring Breakdown got half-ways decent reviews – and I personally liked it – but it went straight to DVD, and success data is vague.

Tina Fey
**SNL fame: +6
**Awards cache: Nine Emmy noms (+4.5), Seven Emmy wins (+14), One Golden Globe nom (+.75), Two Golden Globe wins (+6),
Three Individual SAG wins (+3)
**Failed comedies: Beer League (-1), Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (-1), The Invention of Lying (-1),
Mean Girls (+1), Baby Mama (+1), Date Night (+1), Megamind (+1)
**Indie cred: N/A
**Cult/fanboy hits: Mean Girls (+1)
**Laughable dramas: N/A
**Box office biggies: Mean Girls (+.9), Baby Mama (+.6),
Date Night (+1), Megamind (+.5)
**Later TV work: 30 Rock (+5), Sesame Street (+.5)
**Behind the camera: Writer of Saturday Night Live (+1), Writer of Mean Girls (+1), Writer/Producer of 30 Rock (+1),
Writer of The Colin Quinn Show (-1)
notes: Though a critical success, Ponyo had low box office receipts. Thus, jury’s out on its overall success.

Ana Gasteyer
**SNL fame: +3
**Awards cache: N/A
**Failed comedies: Meet the Deedles (-1), Dick (-1),
What Women Want (+1), Mean Girls (+1)
**Indie cred: Dare (+1)
**Cult/fanboy hits: Mean Girls (+1), Reefer Madness (+1)
**Laughable dramas: N/A
**Box office biggies: What Women Want (+1.8), Mean Girls (+.9)
**Later TV work: Party of Five (+.5), NYPD Blue (+.5), Law and Order (+.5), Just Shoot Me! (+.5), Mad About You (+.5), 3rd Rock from the Sun (+.5), Frasier (+.5), Reefer Madness (+1), The Good Wife (+.5), Chuck (+.5)
**Behind the camera: N/A
notes: What’s the Worst That Could Happen? and The Women had decent box office showings, but poor reviews.

Amy Poehler
**SNL fame: +5
**Awards cache: Three Emmy noms (+1.5)
**Failed comedies: Mean Girls (+1), Envy (-1), Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (-1), The Ex (-1), Blades of Glory (+1), Shrek the Third (+1), Horton Hears a Who! (+1), Baby Mama (+1), Monsters vs. Aliens (+1), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (+1)
**Indie cred: Wet Hot American Summer (+1), Hamlet 2 (+1),
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (-1)
**Cult/fanboy hits: Wet Hot American Summer (+1), Mean Girls (+1), Southland Tales (+1), Hamlet 2 (+1)
**Laughable dramas: N/A
**Box office biggies: Mean Girls (+.9), Blades of Glory (+1.2), Shrek the Third (+3.2), Horton Hears a Who! (+1.5), Baby Mama (+.6), Monsters vs. Aliens (+2), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel (+2.2)
**Later TV work: Undeclared (+.5), Arrested Development (+.5), The Simpsons (+.5), Spongebob Squarepants (+.5), The Mighty B! (+2), Parks and Recreation (+3)
**Behind the camera: Writer/Producer of Parks and Recreation (+1), Writer/Producer of The Mighty B! (+1)
notes: Mr. Woodcock had decent receipts, but middling reviews. Dilemma.

Maya Rudolph
**SNL fame: +3
**Awards cache: One Chicago Film Critics nom (+.5), One Washington, D.C. Film Critics nom (+.5)
**Failed comedies: Duets (-1), Duplex (-1), 50 First Dates (+1), A Prairie Home Companion (+1), Shrek the Third (+1), Away We Go (+1), MacGruber (-1), Grown Ups (+1)
**Indie cred: Chuck & Buck (+1), A Prairie Home Companion (+1),
Away We Go (+1)
**Cult/fanboy hits: Chuck & Buck (+1), Idiocracy (+1)
**Laughable dramas: N/A
**Box office biggies: 50 First Dates (+1.2), Shrek the Third (+3.2),
Grown Ups (+1.6)
**Later TV work: Action (+.5), City of Angels (+1), The Simpsons (+.5), Kath and Kim (+.5)
**Behind the camera: N/A
notes: Idiocracy did pretty poorly at the box office, but had a fairly above-average critical response.

Molly Shannon
**SNL fame: +5
**Awards cache: One Emmy nom (+.5)
**Failed comedies: Happiness (+1), Analyze This (+1), Never Been Kissed (+1), My 5 Wives (-1), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (+1), Osmosis Jones (-1), Serendipity (+1), The Santa Clause 2 (+1), My Boss’s Daughter (-1), Good Boy! (-1), Scary Movie 4 (+1), Talladega Nights (+1),
Evan Almighty (-1), Igor (-1)
**Indie cred: Happiness (+1), Wet Hot American Summer (+1),
American Splendor (+1), Marie Antoinette (+1), Year of the Dog (+1)
**Cult/fanboy hits: A Night at the Roxbury (+1), Superstar (+1),
Wet Hot American Summer (+1)
**Laughable dramas: Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (-1)
**Box office biggies: Analyze This (+1.1), Never Been Kissed (+.6), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (+2.6), Serendipity (+.5), The Santa Clause 2 (+1.4), Scary Movie 4 (+.9), Little Man (+.6), Talladega Nights (+1.5), Evan Almighty (+1)
**Later TV work: The Single Guy (+.5), Seinfeld (+.5), Sex and the City (+.5), The Music Man (+1), Ed (+.5), Will and Grace (+.5), Scrubs (+.5), My Gym Partner’s a Monkey (+.5), 30 Rock (+.5), American Dad! (+.5), Pushing Daisies (+.5), Kath & Kim (+1), The New Adventures of Old Christine (+.5), Web Therapy (+.5), Glee (+.5), Neighbors from Hell (+1)
**Behind the camera: Writer of Superstar (+1)
notes: A Night at the Roxbury and Superstar have devoted followings and a not-so-bad box office draw, but the critics weren’t fans. Paradox. Oh, and it kills me to count The Grinch and Serendipity as positives, as I dislike both.

best of 2010: the movie score guidebook, vol. 2

The recapping continues as I take a look back at as many of the year’s film scores as I possibly can in an effort to congregate in one spot, all that 2010 had to offer. For the first 15 featured, check out Volume 1 of the guidebook. If you’re all caught up, then read on! (Again, yes, there are some silly, possibly throwaway tracks here, but I wanted to be all-inclusive!)

Score by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe

Robin Hood
Score by Marc Streitenfeld

Despicable Me
Score by Hans Zimmer, Heitor Pereira, and Pharell Williams

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Score by Alexandre Desplat

Shrek Forever After
Score by Harry Gregson-Williams

Score by Hans Zimmer

Score by James Newton Howard

Dinner for Schmucks
Score by Theodore Shapiro

Green Zone
Score by John Powell

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Score by Nigel Godrich

Score by Dario Marianelli

Cairo Time
Score by Niall Byrne

Score by Mychael Danna

Eat Pray Love
Score by Dario Marianelli

Red Riding Trilogy
Score by Adrian Johnston, Dickon Hinchcliffe, and Barrington Pheloung

Stay tuned for Volume 3, coming soon!

what’s missing #9

**What’s missing, and from what movie??**

casting crew: HOOVERVILLE

Casting Crew is making its triumphant return – this time we’re going back for some depression. Okay, actually it’s Depression. The great one in fact. For this entry, we’re casting the Herbert Hoover flick, taking a gander at his life during the troubling events that followed the 1929 stock market crash (and that controversial Secretary of the Treasury of his…). Let’s look at the major players.

Oliver Platt as President Herbert Hoover

Sela Ward as First Lady Lou Henry Hoover

Richard Riehle as Vice President Charles Curtis

Jared Padalecki as Herbert Hoover, Jr.

Max von Sydow as Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon

Kevin Spacey as Successor Franklin Roosevelt

Voice those re-casts in the comments! (Or, you know, approve of my choices – that’ll work too.)